The Tropical Fruit Garden looks beautiful and very exotic. Thirty varieties of bananas vie for attention with blueberries, mangoes, papayas, guavas, grape vines, pomegranates, plantains and more.
Fruits familiar from the supermarket are side by side with the likes of a Buddha Handand a "fruit salad tree" - three different fruit cultivars -MeyerLemon, Valencia Orange and a Navel Orange- grafted onto a single rootstock.
Central Florida has a sub-tropical climate and growing tropical fruit outside its "comfort zone" can be challenging. Picking the right fruit to plant for our climate is important and there are many interesting fruits that survive here.
The mission of this demonstration garden is to increase public interest in tropical fruits that are easy-to-grow and suitable for our subtropical climate.
Our wonderful volunteers are always hard at work weeding, fertilizing, trimming, transplanting and trying to stay ahead of the insects and other critters.